Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 2d

KFair Writes @kfairwrites

@msmariavicente Do you have any pet peeves when it comes to NF proposals?

I'm working (& working) on my first & every agency seems to have different guidelines, which requires a lot of tailoring. I don't mind that, but it's been difficult to reach the "I'm done" phase. #askagent

Replying to @kfairwrites

I would take NF proposal advice as guidelines to follow. They always look different depending on the topic. I don't have any pet peeves, but I do think many are missing the important information on why YOU should be the one to write the book.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 2d

Kaylen Wade @kaylen_wade

@msmariavicente Why might an agent not report all their sales to Publishers Marketplace, assuming enough time has passed that it’s not a secret anymore? #askagent
Thank you!

Replying to @kaylen_wade

This is so specific to each agent, client, book. One reason might be that it’s a work-for-hire project, so while the agent may have negotiated an offer/contract, they didn’t technically “sell” the project. That’s just an example though!

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 2d

Elizabeth @EliMartinsBooks

@msmariavicente @ericsmithrocks How long would you like an author to wait to follow up to a query or full request, if at all?

Replying to @EliMartinsBooks

Agency websites typically have guidelines posted for response times, especially for queries. So wait until after that. I’d wait 4-6 months to ask on an update for a full ms request.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 2d

Ian Roy @ian_roy

@msmariavicente Good morning. I've been seeing an increasing number of smaller presses acquiring titles via agents. Is this more common now? Or have I just been oblivious to this practice?

Replying to @ian_roy

It has always happened. Sometimes they’re the best fit for a book. And even though smaller pubs might accept unagented submissions, creators might want an agent to help negotiate offers, contracts, etc.

Maria Vicente @msmariavicente · 2d

Ian Sandusky @IanSandusky

@msmariavicente Hi! Horror seems to be a seldom-listed category on most agent's lists - out of curiosity, is there a reason for it?

Replying to @IanSandusky

No reason other than personal preference, I don’t think. Some peoplw just don’t like horror.

I’ve personally noticed an increasing interest in horror. Maybe search for agents looking for “speculative” fiction rather than horror specifically?

Lauren Spieller @laurenspieller · 5d

annemarie @annemariepett

@laurenspieller Do you have any recs on a book that does one element of craft really well? Like, a book with great pacing, or unique voice?

Ooo fun! Off the top of my head:

Voice: GIDEON or The Bartimaeus Trilogy

Pacing: Hunger Games or Six of Crows

Worldbuilding: SCORPIO RACES or COLDEST GIRL IN COLD TOWN

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